I honestly couldn't be more excited if I tried.
It's almost the feeling of the possibility of another Terry Pratchett book.
Hazel 6th October 2006 11:22 AM
Oddly, I have never gotten round to reading these books but had to read Northern Lights recently because the boy I have begun tutoring for Higher English chose it to write an essay on. I am pretty glad he did choose this as I really enjoyed reading it. Pullman is an excellent story teller and dare I say, a better writer than a certain J K Rowling. He managed to get me passionately concerned and hooked into the lives of some of the characters, in particular Iorek the bear.
The experiments and some of the fight details are truly horrifc and quite dark for a CYA book, but as we know kids can handle a lot more than we think they can and they like their fantasy pretty gruesome.
Lyra makes a convincing hero with the usual cliches: absent parents, a tomboy and plenty of sass. But I felt that it was the other characters around her that kept me gripped. That, and a decent body count.
Well recommended, now I just have to get the other 2!
Adrian 6th October 2006 11:39 AM
I agree with Hazel that not only is Pullman a much better writer than J.K. Rowling, but his stories have much more to them. I started NL not expecting to like it, but after no more than two pages I was hooked. Great story, wonderful herione, but most of all excellent writing.
katrina 8th October 2006 04:18 PM
This is a book I read in a rush a couple of years ago when I was applying to colleges, I keep meaning to go back and reread it so i can read the two books which follow which are sitting on my bookshelf.
I did enjoy it the first time around but for some reason can remember very few details.
Another Pullman book which is worth a look, though for a younger audience, is the Fire-work Maker's Daughter
Flingo 12th October 2006 06:56 PM
I read NL when it was first published, I think I was about 13 years old. I then had an agonising wait until The Subtle Knife was published when I was doing my A Levels. I rushed out to get it, and I am sure my revision suffered as a result! I then had another agonising wait for The Amber Spyglass that was published during exam period at uni!
I'm really jealous of you all who got to read them in quick succession! I strongly feel they need a re-read for me, and I will get around to it one day!
I lent them to my Nan not long ago. She is awful at making a note of title and author but she said on the phone "I did like that one where the children and their animals went off to the North Pole!". I knew what she meant!
Hazel 12th October 2006 07:07 PM
I think she summed it up beautifully!
David 9th December 2006 05:06 PM
The website for next year's film The Golden Compass has just gone online here.
Flingo 1st July 2006 11:23 PM
I have often been heard to say that I think the Sally Lockhart series (Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North, Tiger in the Well - and The Tin Princess with reservations) are much more interesting and better written books than the Dark materials trilogy.
They are historical crime drama, and Sally Lockhart is an orphan who carves her way in the Victorian world she lives in. throughout the series the character development is astonishing, while all the time remaining believeable and gripping.
It has recently been announced that The Ruby in the Smoke is going to be dramatised by the BBC. Sally Lockhart will be played by Billie Piper (of Dr. Who fame). Ashamed as I am to admit, I actually think that Billie will make an admiral Sally, and I'm really looking forward to seeing this. Having seen the quote from Mr Pullman, I am also eagerly awaiting his new attentions!
Grammath 3rd July 2006 12:22 PM
Naval story, is it, Flingo?
Flingo 3rd July 2006 09:02 PM
Oh dear! That's what comes of going online the wrong side of a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses of cider!
Please somebody stop me!!!
At last, I have finally finished 'The Amber Spyglass'. I feel I am probably in a minority here but Pullmans Dark Materials Trilogy did nothing for me. The Amber Spyglass was, I think, the best of the three as it started off well. As the story went on and on and on I found it very difficult to bother finishing this book. I had no interest in what happened to Lyre & Co and found the latter part of the book seeming to drag on endlessly. As I have already said I'm sure most people who have read these books will strongly disagree with me but unfortunately I just found them tedious.